Enter: The Midnight Special – a Road Plus bike designed to provide comfort and speed on those all-day rides that extend well beyond fresh pavement. It rides like a cloud on smooth pavement. but that’s expected. Any bike can do that. Where it truly shines is on pot-holed, deteriorating pavement and the occasional long stretch of gravel. The Midnight Special’s 650b Road Plus tires eat up road chatter and absorb all the bumps in the road like the champion it was designed to be.
If you’re some masochist who is unfazed by the thought of a bumpy, chattery eight-hour road ride, you should know that the benefits of Road Plus go beyond just comfort. They also create a wider contact patch, thereby increasing your traction. And traction is a good thing. Additionally, higher volume tyres allow you to better fine tune your tire pressure on varying surfaces. Let a little out on bumpier roads and pump those suckers up on smooth ones.
At first glance, you might notice that Midnight Special has fewer bells than some of Surly’s other models. But don’t you fret, it still chock full of whistles. It utilises modern road standards like flat-mount disc brakes, 12mm front and rear thru-axles, and a 44 mm head tube. Couple all that with a 650b x 60 mm or 700c x 42 mm tire clearance and you have a bike that will withstand evolving trends and standards. Surly deliberately kept the Midnight Special a little leaner on the braze-on side of things. Well, lean for a Surly. It has mounts for racks, fenders, and three water bottles so you can bring what you need for a long road ride, keep your keister dry, and still pee a healthy clear at the end of your ride.
|Frame Construction||4130 Chromoly, Natch tubing, double-butted main triangle, TIG welded, ED coated|
|Fork Construction||4130 Chromoly, Natch tubing, TIG welded, brazed lugs, ED coated|
|Rear Dropout Configuration||Vertical|
|Rear Hub Spacing||12 x 142mm (Surly axle included)|
10 x 135mm with Surly 10/12 Adapter Washers (not included)
|Front Hub Spacing||12 x 100mm (Surly axle included)|
|Rear Brake||Disc – Flat Mount (160mm max rotor)|
|Front Brake||Disc – Flat Mount (160mm max rotor)|
|Steerer Tube||Ø28.6mm (1-1/8″)|
|Crown Race||Ø30mm (1-1/8″)|
|Stock Headset Upper (S.H.I.S.)||ZS44/28.6|
|Stock Headset Lower (S.H.I.S.)||EC44/30|
|Front Derailleur (Clamp)||Bottom-pull (Ø28.6mm)|
|Max Chainring (CL)||1x (Road): 44T|
2x (Road): 34/50T
3x (Road): 30/39/50T
|Bottom Bracket||68mm threaded (1.37″ x 24TPI)|
|Tire Clearance Frame /||27.5 x 2.35″ (w/o fenders)|
700c x 42mm (w/o fenders)
650b x 50 (w/ fenders)
700c x 38mm (w/ fenders)
|Tire Clearance Fork ||27.5 x 2.35″ (w/o fenders)|
700c x 42mm (w/o fenders)
650b x 50 (w/ fenders) 700c x 38mm (w/ fenders)
|Rigid Fork Spec||400 x 50mm (40 – 54cm)|
400 x 40mm (56 – 64cm)
|Max Suspension Fork Length ||N/A|
|Bottle Mounts Frame||3 Standard|
|Bottle Mounts Fork||N/A|
|Rack Mounts Frame||Yes (upper and lower threaded)|
|Rack Mounts Fork||Yes (upper, lower, and mid-blade threaded)|
|Fender Mounts Frame||Yes|
|Fender Mounts Fork||Yes|
|Other Features||Downtube mounted shifter bosses|
 Different tire and rim combinations will result in different clearances.
 Depending on drivetrain configuration, tire clearance may be limited by the chain and not frame.
 Listed chainring clearance is worst case scenario. Clearances vary widely depending on components and configurations.
 Suspension fork length listed at full extension (not at sag)